Amazon has launched a textbook rental service for students on a semester basis.
Amazon says students will be able to choose from thousands of textbooks to rent with savings up to 70%.
Students are able to then return to the books to Amazon free of shipping costs, but must pay for the initial shipping costs. Students, however, can choose to wave initial shipping fees by renting more than $25 worth of textbooks.
"College is expensive, and students are always looking for ways to save money on textbooks, which is why we’ve long offered great prices on both new and used textbooks," said Ripley MacDonald, Director of Textbooks at Amazon.com. "With Textbook Rental, Amazon gives students yet another great option for saving money – it’s now easier than ever for students to get the books they need, in the format they want, at affordable prices. So no matter if a student wants to buy or rent their textbooks, Amazon can be their one-stop shop."
Students who want to rent a textbook can search Amazon.com, select "Rent Now" then choose the payment and shipment options and check out.
"With our flexible rental program, you can keep your textbooks for a semester. And when it comes time to send your books back, we’ll pay for return shipping. All this means more money in your pocket for the things in life that can’t be learned from a book."
Amazon began offering rental digital books on Kindles last year for students who prefer not to bring hardcover books to their classes.
Students opting to rent digital books on Kindles can save up to 80% off the price of the same print textbook.
Unlike renting a hardcover textbook, students can choose the rental length on a Kindle which can vary between 30 and 360 days.
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